Order of St John Care Trust faces trial over death of Stamford care home resident

Photo: SM210212-019ow''Whitefriars Residential Care Home, Stamford.
Photo: SM210212-019ow''Whitefriars Residential Care Home, Stamford.
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A charitable trust which runs a care home will face a crown court trial over the death of an elderly woman.

The Order of St John Care Trust has been charged with failing to ensure the health or safety of Market Deeping woman Dorothy Spicer, who lived at Whitefriars Care Home in St George’s Avenue, Stamford.

Mrs Spicer, who was 84 and a widowed mother of two, was found lying outside the home in the early hours of November 26, 2009. She died two months later in Stamford Hospital.

An inquest into her death in February last year heard she had been outside the care home in freezing conditions for more than eight hours when she was discovered by Whitefriars staff.

The jury at the inquest into Mrs Spicer’s death returned a narrative verdict saying she died of pneumonia due to decreased mobility following a bout of hypothermia and dementia.

The trust appeared at Grantham Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday) and has been committed for trial at Lincoln Crown Court on August 19. No plea has yet been entered.